10 Veterans Day Facts from Clearwater Dentist, Dr. Jergins, and ClearWhite Dental

We dedicate these Veterans Day Facts to all of our patients who have served our country.

“Our thanks will never be enough for all you have done for our country,” says Dr. Jergins. “You are truly the best and the bravest, and we are honored to have you stop in our Clearwater dental office any time. You are always welcome at ClearWhite Dental.”

Here are the Veterans Day Facts, as compiled by the Census Bureau, 2013

1. How Did Veterans Day Begin? Veterans Day was originally “Armistice Day.” Amistice Day was first held on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.

In 1926, Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance Armistice Day. In 1938, it became a national holiday.

Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day, by Congress, in 1954.

From Stars and Stripes, more on the history of Veterans Day.

2. How many veterans are in the U.S.?
19.6 million veterans

3. How many veterans are there over the age of 65?
9.3 million U.S. veterans over the age of 65

4. How many World War II veterans are there?

1.2 million (They are dying at a rate of 550 a day, according to the Veterans Administration.)

5. How many Korean War veterans are there?

2.1 million

6. How many Viet Name Era veterans are there?

7 million

7. How many Gulf War veterans are there?

5.2 million

8. How many veterans served in peacetime only?

4.7 million

9. What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?

Memorial Day honors those who died while serving. Veterans die was originally intended to primarily honor living veterans of wartime and peacetime.

10. Where is the largest Veterans Day parade and celebration in the United States?

That claim is made by New York  City. The parade features 600,000 spectators.